Gaucho volleyball adds trio of prep stars


 

Kathy Gregory and her coaching staff signed three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, the first day prospective recruits are able to do so.

Kristen Berlo, Ali Spindt, and Phoebe Grunt will all become Gauchos in Fall 2013.

Coach Gregory is optimistic about the future regarding her three newest players. “All three of these players will be great assets. They’re great students, great athletes, and should fit right in at UCSB.”

KRISTEN BERLO

Kristen Berlo signs NLI

Kristen Berlo.

Berlo – who was a star for the San Marcos volleyball and softball teams – will bring her two-sport talents to UCSB in the fall. “Kristen is one of the finest athletes to ever be recruited to UCSB,” said Gregory. “She will be an impact player with her ability and her quickness.”

Berlo should be able to step in to score and block for the Gauchos immediately. She is noted for her work ethic and inspiring energy level, and should be familiar with the Gaucho ethos due to her local ties.

ALI SPINDT

Ali Spindt

Spindt, who will graduate from Menlo-Atherton High School, is a versatile player in the mold of Jaylen Villanueva – she can set and play outside without being a liability in the backrow – who figures to be a six-rotation player.

“Ali is a very physical player that plays at 10 feet,” said Gregory. “She will also bring an outgoing, loud, and active personality to the team.

PHOEBE GRUNT

Phoebe Grunt with family

Grunt of St. Joseph’s Notre Dame High School will instantly become the Gauchos’ tallest player at 6’5″.

“Phoebe will give us a physical presence that we have been lacking,” said Gregory. She has been pushed hard and coached well in her club program, and because of that she will be competing for a starting job.”

Phoebe, an excellent student, will graduate with a GPA over 4.0 and plans to major in engineering at UCSB. Grunt compiled 371 kills and 110 blocks in her senior season for the Pilots.